Solent Foreshore

A rewarding walk using a superb but little-known permissive path along an attractive stretch of the Solent foreshore, returning via parkland and a former WW2 airstrip.

Technical sheet
No. 18608098
A Boldre walk posted on 19/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 20/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 10.71km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 26m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 27m
Highest point Highest point : 27m
Lowest point Lowest point : 0m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : New Forest
Location Location : Boldre
Starting point Starting point : N 50.768068° / W 1.532916°
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Description

(D/A) Turn left from The Walhampton Arms pub into Monument Lane and follow the lane for half a mile to the Burrard Monument. Take the footpath to the right of the monument, which leads down the side of the wood.

(1) At the bottom, turn left along a side road that reduces to a track leading to Undershore Road. Cross and turn left along the pavement, passing the Pier Garage and the Isle of Wight ferry terminal.
When Monument Lane joins from the left, cross and continue along the main road using the pavement on the left.

(2) Return to the right-hand side of the road when the pavement runs out, and pass the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel. Turn right into Lisle Court Road and walk past some houses, keeping straight on at a junction.

(3) Continue beyond Lisle Court Farm until the road bends suddenly left; turn right here into a rough driveway, passing a few houses to a gateway. Continue along the hedged track beyond, which leads towards the Solent.

(4) In front of a gate and stile, turn left through another gate onto a permitted path (the path ahead beyond the stile offers a potentially muddy short there-and-back detour to the Solent foreshore). Follow the permitted path across a field, then in the next field bear slightly left to a gap in the far left-hand corner.

Turn right and skirt the right-hand side of the next field (a seasonal campsite), passing above a lagoon to a stile into woodland in the far corner.

Follow the woodland path beyond (wet in parts) with a fence on your left. After a stile, cross the bottom of a narrow grassy area and then continue alternately through wooded and grassy areas to another stile with a distant view left to Pylewell House.

Beyond this, turn right through a gate onto the foreshore and turn left along the narrow strip of grassy shingle.

(5) Shortly afterwards, cross the outlet of a creek via a wooden footbridge and continue along the shore until you reach the small parking area at the bottom of Tanners Lane.

Turn away from the sea and follow the lane inland for half a mile, passing a few cottages on your right. At a T-junction, bear left.

Pass a private road into the Pylewell estate on your left, then bear left at a triangular junction, crossing a cattle grid.

(6) When the road bends right beyond a farm, take a driveway straight ahead. When the driveway swings right, cross the stile ahead of you and follow the subsequent path to a footbridge. Cross to overlook a fishing lake, where you turn right.

(7) Leave the lakeshore along a narrow path on the right, which leads past a gate and a waymark, then runs along an avenue of lime trees and below a cricket pitch to a kissing gate into the track servicing it. Turn right and follow the track to the main entrance drive of Pylewell Park.

Pass through the kissing gate opposite and continue along the bottom edge of two fields separated by a stile (and with more views to Pylewell House to your left). The wooded field edge bears right to a crossing of another track, where you head straight on along a grassy track.

(8) At a kissing gate leading into a public road (Shotts Lane), turn right along the lane. Go straight on at a crossroads by an entrance lodge. After 150 yards, turn left into a farm track that crosses the former RAF Lymington airfield.

(9) Pass the buildings of Snooks Farm at the other end and continue to the road. Turn left for 50 yards, then turn right through a gate into a signposted footpath in the wood. After running along a garden fence on the left, and then the edge of a golf course on the right, the path emerges into fruit fields.

(10) Follow the hedge ahead of you, then cross a farm road and skirt to the left of a wooden hut (a farm shop) and continue along the track ahead. Cross the service road for the golf club and look half-right to find a narrow path that continues ahead, with the golf course to the right.

This path emerges into a gravel driveway by a bungalow; follow the driveway out to the road. Turn right along the lane to the Monument. Bear right and then left along the lane to retrace your steps to the Walhampton Arms. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 27m - The Walhampton Arms
1 : km 1.1 - alt. 5m - Isle of Wight ferry terminal
2 : km 1.91 - alt. 9m - Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel
3 : km 2.94 - alt. 12m - Lisle Court Farm
4 : km 3.24 - alt. 6m - Lagoon - Wooded and grassy areas
5 : km 4.75 - alt. 3m - Wooden footbridge
6 : km 6.38 - alt. 8m - Fishing lake
7 : km 6.88 - alt. 14m - Cricket pitch
8 : km 8.03 - alt. 12m - RAF Lymington airfield
9 : km 8.84 - alt. 20m - Snooks Farm
10 : km 9.49 - alt. 14m - Wooden hut
D/A : km 10.71 - alt. 26m - The Walhampton Arms

Useful Information

Some road walking, and paths in the swampy woodland near the Solent may be rather muddy. Several stiles.

Parking at the Walhampton Arms is for patrons only. Dogs are welcome in the hard-floored areas.

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The Walhampton Arms
Walhampton Hill, Lymington SO41 5RE
Tel 01590 673113
Web www.walhamptonarmslymington.co.uk
Email contact@walhamptonarms.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Hatchet Pond, the largest area of fresh water in the Forest, can be busy at times, but the western and northern shores are quieter.
  • Most of the ponies you will see roaming wild in the Forest are mares, foals and geldings. The number of stallions is tightly controlled and their releases limited to spring and summer.
  • The moist areas of the forest, such as this at the head of Hatchet Pond, are home to some of the more interesting species of flora and fauna. Sundew grows here, and Redshank and Lapwing breed.
  • The oldest open-air lido in Britain, and also one of the largest, the Lymington Sea Water Baths

are Grade II listed.

  • The marshes between Keyhaven and Lymington, many of them formed from the remnants of former saltpans, comprise one of the best birdwatching areas on the south coast. Key species include Avocet, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier and Dartford Warbler. The whole area is an SSSI.
  • Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes offer good views of Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII, and the north coast of the Isle of Wight, including the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse.
  • Reed Warblers and the rarer Cetti’s Warbler can be heard along the River Lymington.
  • The Solent foreshore and Isle of Wight.
  • The Burrard Monument, “one of Britain’s finest obelisks”, commemorates Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale (1765–1840), who is thought to have been born at Walhampton House.

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